The New York Mets have been relegated to the role of spoilers, now that they’ve fallen back in the National League playoff races. They’ll try to live up to that title this weekend when they visit Washington, DC for three games with the NL East-leading Nationals.
New York just managed to take the final game of a three-game series in Cincinnati Thursday, beating the Reds 8-4. So the Mets, winners of just four of their last 12 games, are still mired nine games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the battle for the second National League Wild-Card spot, with just six weeks left in the regular season. New York is also just 10-22 since the All-Star break.
Washington, on the other hand, just took two of three games from the Giants out in San Francisco to complete an 8-2 road trip. So the Nats, who are 24-11 since the break, lead the NL East by four games over Atlanta, and they’re two games up on Cincy in the battle for the best record in the National League, and the to...